Mummies Darlings

Fred Ridgway lead vocals
Keith Hull lead vocals
Glyn Strange rhythm guitar
Phil Strange lead guitar
Marshall Archer bass
Dave Buck drums

In the sixties I played drums with a great pro group ... Mommies Darlings.

We worked the venuis of the time, mostly for Ian Hamelton, including the Germany circuit - Storieville Club, House Der Musick, Wuppertalle, K.52 ,Klub, Frankfurt.

Dave Buck

We started playing the pubs and clubs in England, Top of the Town, New Century Hall, Jungfrau, Mr Smiths etc. Then we did the American Airforce bases in Turkey and the usual Germany circuit playing 6-8 hours per day. We were regulars at the Liverpool Cavern when Bob Wooler was there.

I still keep my hand in singing, Keith Hull sadly passed away a few years ago. Phil, a brilliant guitarist still plays, Glyn is in Australia, Marshall Archer now resides in Marple Cheshire. Dave Buck, a great drummer went on to have success with Alvin Stardust and is known as a very good comedian.

I would be glad if anybody who remembers us would get in touch with this site. It's unbelievable how many bands there were in Manchester in the 60's.

Fred Ridgway

I remember you as the Three Speed Walking Stick. You practised in the Band Room at Marple. I'm Phil and Glyn's cousin. I think they both need a bit of reminding of that!

I take the credit for introducing Phil to playing music - when he was about 11 I taught him to play Hang down your head Tom Dooley with one finger on my piano. Their little house wouldn't fit a piano, so he bought a guitar and played it on that - with one finger!

Sorry to hear that Keith is no longer with us - I still remember his address in Droylsden! It might seem a bit cheesy now, but Fred and Keith did a fantastic "Mr Moonlight".

Glad that some of you are still singing/playing. Let us know where!

Margaret Weaver

Glynn was also in a band called the Buccaneers. I wonder what happened to their members. There was a singer called Ray, and Harry Barber. Maybe a couple of others.

Hope somebody can remind me. They were band from my early youth.

Margaret Weaver

Dave Buckle knows all about the Buccaneers. I auditioned to be their singer but failed!!!

Dave Garnett

I played with the Buccaneers in 1965 - it was my virgin gig at Ferodo Canteen, Chapel en le Frith.  The band at the time consisted of Glyn Strang, Ray Bell, Harry Barber. 

Later Ray was replaced by Eddie Davis. We played great venues such as the Notingham Castle Denton, Globe Ashton.

Later Glyn and myself turned pro joining Mummies Darlings,  off to Germany!!!!!! Bloody fantastic.1966.

By the way Dave Garnet you never failed ... you didnt have a P.A.

Dave Buck

I admit I didn't have any speakers,but I did have  a 60 watt CARLSBRO amp with built in reverberation that I kept in my bedroom.!!!!!

Dave Garnett

Nah, it was Phil's band who was Three Speed Walking Stick - appeared on Opportunity Knocks. Marshall Archer, Keith Hull, Fred Ridgway and ??? Forgotten. And Ken Alcroft was their Roadie.

Yes, Glyn is in Oz, can't get him to email me though. Beautiful wife and little girl.

Any new from anyone gratefully received.

Margaret Weaver

Get well soon Dave Buckle, need you giggin again!

Dave Garnett

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Topic: Mummies Darlings
Pamela Coles says...
I remember Dave Buck (buckle) back in the 70's When he regularly came to cardiff to a night club Called Tito's .. He then played in a band called The North Stars.. And then went on to play drums With Alvin Stardust and appeared in the ... Read More
31st October 2014 1:16pm
chris brown says...
Forgive the liberty.Can anybody fills some gaps in for me with regards Manchester band The North Stars who recorded for Fontana.I believe 2 members were David Parkin & Dave Buckle.Does anybody know who the other guys were please & where in ... Read More
30th January 2017 5:12am
Mike Knowles says...
We played regular there with a band called infinity in the early 70,the group was Peter Shorland, Brian Cook ,Allan Ogg ,Pete Forrester and Mike Knowles .We used to do covers stones, Free Stephen wolf stuff great when you were playing and then the ... Read More
27th August 2015 1:55pm
Allen Ogg says...
Yes, they were happy days playing at the ice rink. Plus when Infinity disbanded we played a few times as Stone Gnome - Pete Shortland (vocals and rhythm guitar) Allen Ogg (lead guitar) Mike Knowles (drums) and I can no longer remember the name of ... Read More
6th September 2015 11:39pm
Christina Shortland says...
Fantastic memories!! Peter and I even posponed our wedding day by a month due to the band getting another FREEZING contract. Pleased to say we are still married after 42 years. Cheers Altrincham Ice Rink!!!!!
7th September 2015 12:10am
Frank Holehouse says...
I wrote a few songs with mike in 1975 which were recorded at Pennine Sound Studio in Oldham , White Mustang was one of them . Good Luck Mike .
2nd September 2015 1:45am
Geoff lewis says...
Wow 2 mins walk from my family home was there skating all the time and chatting up girls :-)
24th February 2016 2:17am
Kevin Cumpsty says...
Omg, I saw mummies darlings many times at the cavern in the 60s. Like most there at the time I lied about my age to get my card.
I loved your band
2nd February 2017 3:40am

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